Tunisian organisations call for completing transitional justice

A civil coalition of some 40 associations and organisations from national and international civil society announced the launch of a series of movements to complete the process of transitional justice.

At a press conference on Tuesday at the headquarters of the Tunisian National Union of Journalists (SNJT), Jamel Msallem, President of the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH), said the coalition had scheduled a series of meetings with the three Presidencies, the Minister of Justice, the Tunisian General Labour Union and the Truth and Dignity Commission (French :IVD) “to underline the imperative to complete the transitional justice process which is closely linked to the success of the democratic transition “.

The coalition will organise an international conference to this effect in the presence of the UN Special Rapporteur on transitional justice, he said, adding that in mid-June, the coalition will have to expose the issue in Geneva (Switzerland) during the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

According to him, the coalition will work to encourage IVD to avoid internal conflicts, fill vacancies, complete the drafting of its report and submit files to the competent judicial chambers.

The coalition will also ask the executive to provide IVD with all the records it will need in the performance of its work, he added.

Several components of civil society called on April 17, the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) to “not get in the way of the prolongation of the mandate of the IVD which, they said, has proven that it is capable of completing its mission and leading to the preparation of its final report “.

In a joint statement, they also called on the executive and the judiciary, the state’s chief of defense and all the governmental parties to collaborate with the IVD and to provide the documents and archives of the Ministry of the Interior and the files of the martyrs and wounded of the Revolution.

While calling on parliament to fill vacancies quickly in the composition of the IVD Council, the signatories of this declaration invited the IVD to respect the judiciary and to implement the decisions rendered by the Administrative Tribunal relative to members of the authority revoked.

In the same context, they urged all political and civil forces to support the transitional justice system and protect it against any attempt to compromise it, to change its law or to deviate from its purpose.


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